Eagles’ DeSean Jackson says he is not anti-semitic after sharing Hitler quote

NFL player says to the Jewish community, 'I have no hatred in my heart towards no one!!'

DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on from the sidelines against the Tennessee Titans in the second quarter of the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 8, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Eagles star wide receiver, DeSean Jackson is being called anti-Semitic after posting quotes by Adolf Hitler on his Instagram story this weekend.

The outrage began with a post of a screenshot from a book which read, “Hitler said, ‘because the white Jews knows that the Negroes are the real Children of Israel and to keep Americas secret the Jews will blackmail America.”

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The misspelled and grammatically incorrect text continued, “The will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.”

“The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that lol this time they’ve been mistreating and discriminating and lynching the Children of Israel.”

Jackson highlighted this passage in particular.

According to the Philly Voice, researchers have found that the text comes from a book called “Jerusalem,” by Dennine Barnett. But, Barnett attributes the quote to another text called “The Nazis World War II” by Robert Edwin Herzstein published in 1980.

Joe Banner, the former president of Eagles — who is Jewish, tweeted that the posts were “outrageous” and “absolutely indefensible.”

Jackson stated in another IG Story that, “Anyone who feels I have hate towards the Jewish community took my post the wrong way.” He wrote, “I have no hatred in my heart towards no one!! Equality Equality.” He then added emoji fists in every color.

Jackson’s posts came during the July 4th holiday weekend where he apparently had been watching the three-hour speech given by Min. Louis Farrakhan. “This man powerful.” Jackson said in one Instagram post, “I hope everyone got a chance to watch this!! Don’t be blinded. Know what’s going on!!”


The NFL star also posted another Farrakhan quote which said, “There must be 100% change… There’s a burden the Earth is carrying that it must be relieved from. The Earth is burdened by the wicked living on a planet that was made for the righteous.”


In his caption, Jackson wrote, “Regardless of religion or race, this out measures everything!! Righteousness.”

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The posts and quotes have been denounced on social media. Black activist and author Marc Lamont Hill wrote, “This is disappointing and disturbing. There’s no defending it.” 

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